GRACE NOYES, Owner & Founder Following her lifelong dream, Grace realized her passion for teaching dance when she founded the Needham Dance Theatre in 1987. She nurtured and grew the school one student at a time. Her philosophy is that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn about themselves through high quality dance education. Dancers should be challenged, supported and allowed to know the unique joy that comes from the Millis Dance Theatre dance experience. With more than 35 years of dance teaching experience, Grace has taught and choreographed for the Weston Public Schools and at the prestigious Edra Toth School of Ballet, under the direction of Boston Ballet soloist Edra Toth. Grace studied ballet in New York City and as a BFA candidate at the Boston Conservatory as well as studying dance at Smith College. Grace is mom to four grown children.
JESSICA LUCE Jessica has studied ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap since she was a young child and is a graduate of our sister school, Needham Dance Theatre. She has earned a B.A. in dance at one the Boston area’s most respected dance programs at Dean College. With a vivacious personality and excellent training, Jessica is a natural teacher. Her classes are a happy, encouraging place for students to learn and thrive. Our busy Jessica also coaches the Needham High School Varsity Dance Team and teaches Barre Method fitness in Rhodes Island.
TORI NOYES Tori is a graduate of our sister school, Needham Dance Theatre where she trained since the age of four, under her mom's direction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe. Along with her dance teaching responsibilities, Tori is a school counselor at Walpole High School. Prior to her appointment at Walpole High School, she worked for several years at Wellesley High School in the special education department and has taught preschool dance at the Abbott Learning Center in Wellesley. She holds a degree in psychology from Syracuse University. After graduating she traveled to Uganda, Africa to work with women and children educational issues. With a focus on school counseling, she has her master’s degree from UMass/Boston. Tori’s wide smile and enthusiasm for teaching is contagious. Children are drawn to her upbeat personality and throughly enjoy her class. She is a well-loved member of the Millis staff.
LAUREN WARD Lauren began dancing at the age of 5, studying at the Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and Kathleen Magyar School of Dance in Bethlehem, PA. At Ithaca College, Lauren studied dance and graduated with minor in dance education. She is a Registered Acrobatique Instructor with a certification in AcroDance. While living and performing in NYC and Los Angeles, she continued her studies at Edge Performing Arts Center. She has completed an intensive teacher training program at DanceLife under the direction of well respected dance innovator, Rhee Gold. Lauren’s warm and friendly manner with children makes her a precious staff member at Millis Dance Theatre. Along with her teaching responsibilities, Lauren and her husband are she raising three active children.
ALYSSA EAGAN Alyssa inspires her students with creative choreography and challenges them to reach their fullest potential. Alyssa has a BA in Dance Education from Dean College where she also studied child psychology and creative movement. She has taught Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop and coaches the award winning competition team at Elite Dance Center. Along with her teaching experience, Alyssa is a creative choreographer serving as Director of Synergy Hip Hop Team and receiving the Judges Choreographer’s award for excellence in Competition Choreography. She has taught dance at Janet Hershman’s School and was Assistant to the Director of Dean College Art Program. Alyssa is a published author of her dance related work titled #Hip Hop. We are delighted to have Alyssa as an essential part of our MDT Staff.